There are lots of things you worry about as a parent and one of the things you probably won’t think about until it happens is nappy rash. Lots of parents tend to cure rather than prevent, but what about a product that does both?
Babies’ bottoms go through so much and with lots of new nappy products being released that claim to soak everything up, we sometimes tend to rely on that rather than frequent changing. Bedtimes are probably the worst just because of the length of time the nappy stays on without being changed. Bepanthen say that up to a third of babies and toddlers in nappies have nappy rash at any one time, so it’s even more important to keep their bottoms protected.
We’ve been sent some Bepanthen to see how we get on with managing nappy rash in our house. Toby is no longer in nappies (hurray!) but Teddy still goes through a few a day and does occasionally get nappy rash, especially if he’s had a bad belly for a couple of days. When I’m looking for something to clear up nappy rash not only do I want something that is going to help cure it, but something that will offer protection from it getting worse. What I don’t want is to further irritate it and so I try to look for products that are fragrance, colour and preservative free.
Bepanthen offers all of what I’m looking for and, at the same time, is so transparent and breathable you really don’t need to use a lot. This is absolutely perfect for all babies, and even those with super sensitive skin. So how did it work with Teddy?
It’s always hard putting nappy ointment on when their little bottoms are already so sore and it was no different when Teddy had totally filled in his nappy and had clearly been sitting in it a while. See, Teddy doesn’t make a fuss when his nappy is full, whereas Toby would have let us known straight away, and most of the time it doesn’t smell until you open the nappy right up either.
Bepanthen was super easy to apply even though it feels a little bit thick at first. You only need maybe around two pea sized dollops on the end of your finger and this will be enough to spread perfectly around the affected area which helped heal his bottom and formed a barrier, which is probably the most important part. It doesn’t look transparent when it comes out of the tube, it’s not like a gel, but once it’s been spread over the nappy rash it very much thins out.
Babies’ skin is very absorbent and delicate, so needs a little extra care compared to adult skin. And this is why prolonged contact with a nappy and/or its contents tends to result in nappy rash.
I’ve got to admit, I was a little sceptical about using it as we’d always opted for another nappy ointment that other people raved about but Bepanthen hasn’t been done justice here. I’ve had the samples before but I will say they only came out as a last resort, whereas I will now be using those up because Bepanthen works! My auntie used to swear by it and now so will I. Reviewing this has changed my views on Bepanthen being second best. It’s the winner of ‘Best Nappy Cream’ in the 2016 Loved By Parents awards and I can totally see why.
And since it comes with an easy-to-use flip-top cap (thank you!) it’s perfect to use one handed. I don’t see why this hasn’t been done sooner and with all nappy ointments because it just makes life so much easier! We all know that when babies get bigger they don’t like nappies being changed and have to be pinned down, and now you can do that. Go on, wrap your baby’s bum in Bepanthen love this festive season, and see what you think!
Something else that’s really cool at the moment is the new e-book that Bepanthen have released. What the Parenting Manuals Don’t Tell You has been written by parents for parents. It provide genuine tips for any new or expectant parents from the ones who have already experienced it all! Want to know how to deal with a sleepless night? Need to know how to release your baby’s trapped wind? Blaming your partner for everything? Hey, that’s totally normal (it was for us anyway!) and this manual provides lots of tips and helpful advice that you can trust.
Not only did parents help write it but it was developed in collaboration with parenting expert, Lisa Clegg. All the tips you’ll find in the book were crowd-sourced on social media; think BritMums Twitter parties. And with humorous and warm-hearted sketches by illustrator and mother, Alyana Cazalet, Bepanthen’s What the Parenting Manuals Don’t Tell You shines a light on the reality of parenthood in an easy to read, enjoyable way. Take a look, it’s available to download for free!
Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment is available at all leading supermarkets, chemists and independent pharmacies. RRP £3.99 for 30g or £7.99 for 100g.
*I was sent these products in return for a review. All views and opinions are honest and my own.